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'Hundreds of us will die in Raqqa': the women fighting Isis - The Guardian

Kimberley Taylor from Blackburn is part of the all-female Kurdish force battling to rout Islamic State. Driving them on is the chance to free women enslaved by the extremists: 'It starts with fighting Daesh, then the mentality of the male'. by Mark ...and more »

US-backed Syrian militias claim advance against IS - RTE.ie

US-backed militias said they had made a big advance in Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria's largest dam, in their campaign to drive the so-called Islamic State from its stronghold of Raqqa, 40km downstream. The Syrian Democratic Forces ...and more »

US forces in buffer zone to block Turk-Kurdish fighting - Washington Times

This Saturday, April. 29, 2017 still taken from video, shows an American soldier standing on an armored vehicle in the northern village of Darbasiyah, Syria. U.S. moved troops and armored vehicles through several Syrian cities and towns on Friday and ...and more »

Moscow Beats Washington by Suggesting Zones of Tensions' Reduction in Syria - Asharq Al-awsat English

Beirut – Russia surprised the Syrian opposition and their allies on Monday by suggesting four “zones of reduction of tensions” in the country, and the creation of a joint working group to prepare for a battle to remove ISIS and al-Nusra from those ...and more »

Kurdish forces 'take 90 percent' of Syria's Tabqa - Aljazeera.com

US-backed forces have advanced in Tabqa as they eye the ISIL stronghold of Raqqa, a spokesperson says. by Diana Al Rifai. 2 May 2017. Kurdish forces are reported to have taken 90 percent of Tabqa city in Syria's Raqqa province from ISIL amid clashes ...and more »

US-backed militias claim big advance against Isil in Syria's Tabqa - Telegraph.co.uk

US-backed forces made major advances against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) on Sunday in the Syrian town of Tabqa, north of Raqqa, clearing the jihadists from six neighbourhoods. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of Kurdish ...and more »

US-backed forces push against IS in slowed Raqqa campaign - Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic State in Syria took several neighborhoods from the militant group in the town of Tabqa on Friday, they said in a statement, part of a campaign to oust Islamic State from its stronghold in Raqqa ...and more »

The scramble for eastern Syria: A new Great Game - Middle East Eye

Who will fill the vacuum that the Islamic State leaves in the east? Syria's future hinges on it. Maysam Behravesh's picture · Maysam Behravesh. Friday 28 April 2017 09:23 UTC. Saturday 29 April 2017 9:21 UTC. reddit googleplus. Topics: SyriaWar. Tags ...and more »

US-backed alliance moves deeper into Syria's Tabqa city - TRT World

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they made a big advance in the strategic city as part of campaign to drive Daesh from its stronghold of Raqqa. SDF entered Tabqa on Monday as part of offensive against Raqqa, Daesh's self-proclaimed capital in ...and more »

US-backed forces seize 80% of Syria's Tabqa from Daesh: monitor - Arab News

A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, looks towards the camera in the town of Tabqa, about 55 kilometres (35 miles) west of Raqa city, on April 30, 2017, as they advance in their ...and more »